Mitra: An Indian Robot That Greets You With A ‘Namaste’

The robot greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Hyderabad. Facebook
The robot greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Hyderabad. Facebook
  • Mitra greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Hyderabad
  • It is a made-in-India robot designed by Balaji Viswanathan and his 14-member team
  • The Indian robot can be rented for interactive sessions at offices, hotels and private birthday parties, through www.mitrarobot.com

Mitra is an indigenous humanoid robot made of fiberglass. It has been programmed to greet customers and interact using facial and speech recognition, contextual help, and autonomous navigation. The robot greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Hyderabad.

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robots parts india, The visual of Mitra being assembled; all parts of the robot were sourced from India. Facebook
The visual of Mitra being assembled; all parts of the robot were sourced from India. Facebook

Indian Robot

Mitra and its partner were the two bots designed by Balaji Viswanathan and his 14-member team, who domestically sourced all the parts except for the chips needed to build them. The Indian robot is serving humans in a few Canara Bank branches as well as P.V.R Cinema outlets in Bengaluru.

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One can rent the robot for interactive sessions at offices, hotels and private birthday parties, through www.mitrarobot.com.

Mitra is a home robot that can also be used for domestic help. Facebook
Mitra is a home robot that can also be used for domestic help. Facebook

Home Robot

All work and no play might make Mitra dull. While one day might entail engaging with our Prime Minister and the U.S President’s daughter, another day might see the humanoid have fun. Says Vishwanathan to the Economic Times, “People rent out Mitra for weddings and birthday parties. It moves around like a loud jukebox playing songs, takes pictures, also tweets those out if you want it to.”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump pressing a button each on Mitra's display screen. Facebook
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump pressing a button each on Mitra’s display screen. Facebook

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Things didn’t go as planned for Invento CEO Balaji Viswanathan at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017. Both Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Modi were supposed to separately press a button each on the robot’s touch display. However, both of them pressed the buttons at the same time. A few awkward seconds of silence later, one of them raised a finger again, and the device registered.